On Thu December 24 2020, by Office
PRESS RELEASE 24 DECEMBER 2020
Lansdown’s Joe Long joins 2021 GB & I Walker Cup Training Squad
Newly crowned Amateur Champion, Joe Long, has another reason to celebrate this month.
Lansdown member, Joe, has been selected by the R & A to join the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup training squad in preparation for the next head-on clash with the USA in May 2021 at the Seminole Golf Club in Florida.
The Walker Cup is perhaps the most prestigious of all amateur golf team competitions and only the very best players are selected to join this elite squad. The matches are always strongly contested with the USA taking the trophy in 2017 and 2019. The GB&I team won in 2015 when the matches were played at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, but they have not won on US soil since 2001.
Joe’s win at the Amateur Championships in October sealed his place in the 15-man training squad who will be working hard together over the next few months to ensure that the home team bring the trophy back to this side of the Atlantic.
Joe, who began his golfing career as a junior at Lansdown Golf Club in 2008, is looking forward to fantastic year in 2021. As Amateur Champion, he automatically secures an exemption to both the US Open at Torrey Pines in June and the Open Championship at Royal St Georges in July. And, as if that isn’t enough, he also secures an invitation to play in the US Masters at Augusta.
His fellow members at Lansdown are immensely proud of his achievements and will be cheering him on throughout 2021 as he competes against some of the finest golfers in the world.
Press Release 10 November 2020
Club Captain, Paddy Crowley, has had a disjointed year as a result of Covid but he did have his Captain’s project Texas Scramble at the end of last month. The winners with a nett 61.1 was the trio of Giles Carre, James Knight and Paul Eddleston but it was a close run thing as Senthil Kumar, Terry Bamford and Andy Lee were less than a shot back.
In third place with a nett 62 were Chris Sparkes, Patrick Foster and Steve Magee whilst Anand Shah, Andy Lock and Pat Jones took fourth spot with a nett 63.6.
The seniors had a fairly busy end to the season. The Pat McMahon Greensomes Trophy went to Gordon Beavis and Robin Pope with 40 points just edging out Dave Pollinger and Dave Fereday by a single point.
The Withers Bowl, a mixed foursomes competition, was taken by Bev Rees and club captain elect, Rod Thomas, with 32 points. The October Senior Cup has been won by Mark Sevier with 41 points just one clear of Joe Garry whilst John Stokes came third with 38 points.
The Stragglers held their end of season bash in October with the honours going to Neil Maddocks with an excellent 42 points which put him two clear of Neil Pirie. Iain Wright took third spot with 38 points whilst Rob Archer and Alan Veitch could only be separated on countback as both scored 37 points
The club have awarded life membership to Joe Long in 2019. Following his fantastic victory in the British Amateur Championship, he has recently been in training with the England Squad and is now off to South Africa to play once again at Leopards Creek. Joe is looking forward to a very exciting and challenging 2021. He will be playing in the Masters in Augusta in April followed by the US Open and then The Open at Royal St Georges. Everyone at the club is very proud of him and will be cheering for him at these very prestigious events.
PRESS RELEASE 22 SEPTEMBER 2020
Ed Butler Club Champion for 12th time
What a family are the Butlers! Ed won his 12th Club Championship which to his delight put him one victory ahead of his dad, Simon, and they have high hopes that Ed’s son Edison will continue the family tradition in due course.
The Championship is played over two days and it was tight after the first round as Ed with a gross 73 was just one shot ahead of Simon Hale with Paul Thorne a further three shots adrift and Ken Madden shooting 79 in fourth spot.
The conditions were challenging on Sunday but Ed stretched away from the field as he carded a 75 to give an aggregate score of 148 to pull six shots clear of Simon in second place. Ken shot 77 in the second round to take third place on 156.
Simon had the considerable consolation of taking the best nett prize with a level par 142 which put him six shots clear of Paul whilst CJ from the Pro-shop took third spot with a nett 150.
The ladies champion is Jo Blackmore as she took top spot on both days – her 179 put her well ahead of Suzanne Wheeler in second place. The best nett prize went to Margaret Ruxton on 161
The latest Pro’s competition was won by Craig Stevens but only on countback from Mervyn Townley as both scored 39 points. Division one went to Alan Bickley with 37 points which put him two ahead of Dave Newport whilst Anthony Caddick took division two again with 37 points with Bill Rose just a point adrift. Behind Townley in the third division was Mike Gray on 36 points.
PRESS RELEASE 15 SEPTEMBER 2020
Robert Smith wins Senior of the Year
After winning the final round of the year, Robert Smith was crowned Senior of the Year but it was a close call! His best three rounds aggregate score was 107 points which put him just one point ahead of Robin Pope and Mark Sevier. Robert’s 37 points put him two shots clear of Ian Smith and Dave Pollinger in that final event.
Again in the senior’s section, the JJ Evans Plate has been won by previous club captain, JoeGarry, with 40 points with Patrick Harrison just one point back and Terry Corbett a further point adrift.
The latest stablefordwent to Robin Pope with 36 points just edging out Mark Sevier and Terry Corbett who both came in with 35 points. The nine hole event on the same day was won by Derek Godwin with 17 points.
The latest ladies stableford had a clear winner in Suzanne Wheeler – her 35 points put her 7 clear of the field with Clare Mornement and Di Garry taking second and third spots respectively.
The honours in latest club stableford went to Tom Furnell with 39 points as he saw off plenty of close challengers. Division one had to be decided on countback as Ken Mitchell, Ken Madden and Robert Smith all came in with 36 points. Craig Sheppard took second place behind Tom in division two but only lost out on countback whilst Roland Jenkins was just a point adrift.
Jay Harris took division three with 37 points which put him three points clear of Josh Gleghorn with Craig Stevens coming in third with 33 points
The latest Professional’s competition has been won by Alasdair McIntyre with 42 points on countback from James Shopland who claimed top spot in division three. The winner of the top division was Corbett with 41 points some 4 clear of Paul Thorne. Dave Gladwin took division two with 37 points just one shot ahead of Nigel Rumming whilst Jay Harris with 36 points took second spot on division three behind James.
PRESS RELEASE 08 SEPTEMBER 2020
After delays caused by the lockdown, the Westmorland Cup, a betterball knockout competition, has been won by Dave Webb and Simon Hale who defeated Dave Price and Mark Cooper in the final. The beaten semi-finalists were Graham Morrice and Alan Sheppard together with Andy Lee and Bob White.
The honours in the August Bowmaker went to the team of Terry Corbett, Dave Lambern and Malcolm Payne – their 85 points put them two clear of Jon Green, Ken Rawcliffe, Andy Pothecary and John Court. The next three teams could only be separated on countback as all scored 82 points. Third place went to Andy Rood, Pete Darby, Ken Wyatt and Jay Harris. Fourth place was shared by Dave Whyte, Ian Carter, Rob Jenkins and Malcolm Brown and the team of Andy Matthews, Dave Howarth, CJ Liebenberg and greenkeeper, Charlie Taylor-Madge.
The latest stableford had a clear winner in Cameron Stevenson with 41 points – behind him in division one were Jon Green and Eddie Watson with 39 points. In division two, David Stevenson was well ahead with 39 points which put him 4 clear of Patrick Foster whilst Steve Brunton was two further points adrift.
Lee Ricketts took the third division again with 39 points with Jack Belsher two points back whilst Matt Harvey claimed third place with 34 points.
Last Saturday, the 4 ball betterball competition was won by Craig Stevens and Ian Shone with 43 points but it was a tight affair. In second spot, and just one point back, was Alan Veitch and Rob Archer with 42 points who pushed Jack Belsher and Scott Finn into third place on countback. Fourth place was claimed, also on countback, by Graham Belsten and Patrick Foster with 41 points